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North Carolina investigators find evidence of significant fraud in House election

North Carolina’s 9th district Republican candidate at a campaign rally last year.
North Carolina’s 9th district Republican candidate at a campaign rally last year. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

An investigation into North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District 2018 election has found a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" in two counties carried out by a political operative hired by the Republican candidate, the state’s elections board executive director revealed Monday at a hearing.

Why it matters: The evidentiary hearing may last for two days and it could prompt the five-member election board to certify the November results or order a new election in the district if there’s strong evidence that ballot-tampering was widespread enough to affect the outcome of the race. Meanwhile, House Democratic leaders in Washington had signaled that they could launch their own inquiry, depending on the outcome of hearing.

Steve Scalise: Green New Deal "would cripple our economy"

Steve Scalise at an Axios event talking with Mike Allen.
Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told Axios' Mike Allen at an Axios News Shapers Event on Thursday that he thinks the Democratic Green New Deal proposal "would cripple our economy."

Why it matters: The sweeping policy proposal would target net-zero U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and make massive investments in climate-friendly infrastructure, although there is no specific projected cost on how much the proposal would cost. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is going to get the Senate to vote on the resolution that was unveiled last week.

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